With 50 or so fresh picked tomatoes from the garden quickly ripening in my sunroom, I decided it was time to make some sauces.

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Tomatoes galore

This is the bolognese (meat sauce) recipe I concocted using garden and farmer’s-market supplies, along with some ground beef from an Amish market.
Once again I (healthily) thickened a recipe by adding shredded zucchini.  I love vegetables, so this sauce wouldn’t have been as exciting to me otherwise. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • TOMATOES!  (lots, I don’t know, maybe 8? 10? depends on how much you want to make)
    Diced–with pulp removed (puree a few if you can)
  • 1 shredded zucchini
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • minced leek (to taste)
  • Minced spicy / mixed peppers
  • Fresh oregano and basil
  • Salt, pepper
  • ~1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • splash of red wine (optional) or balsamic

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the ground beef.  Cook until just browned.    Add a couple tablespoons of corn starch to the pan to create a thicker sauce from the beef fat.  If the beef was really fatty, you might want to drain some off first.  If you used lean beef, you might not need to do that.

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Grating zucchini

Remove the pulp from the tomatoes as you dice them.  I used a food processor after removing the pulp, and just pulsed it a few times to leave different-sized chunks of tomato for the sauce.  On one batch in the food processor (it took several), I pureed them completely, so the sauce would have some body as well.

Add garlic, leek, and peppers and saute for a minute.  Add diced tomatoes and wine or balsamic.  Allow the sauce to cook for 10+ minutes or longer, if you prefer to slow cook your sauce.  I’m impatient.

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Tomatoes, beef, and zucchini

Add fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so.

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Bolognese sauce cooking

Make your pasta (I prefer to use a peeler to create long “linguine pasta ” ribbons out of squash or zucchini, and then saute or blanch those for a couple of minutes.  This is an excellent gluten-free and guilt-free healthy pasta alternative).

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Squash "pasta" noodles

Serve sauce over pasta, and top with cheese if you wish.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Tomato Bolognese over squash noodle pasta with pesto-stuffed roasted tomato

 

{August 16, 2011} {Tags: , , , , , , }